International Cuisine in Singapore

December 1, 2011 by

Eating & Restaurants, Local Recommendations

Hawker Center

Food stall in a hawker center, Singapore. Photo courtesy of Jared Tarbell via Flickr.

It stands to reason that any place as multicultural and populous as Singapore would have a lot to offer in the way of international cuisine, and this city doesn’t disappoint. Sample regional fare from the four corners of the earth with the following suggestions:

1. Esmirada

The price point at this renowned Mediterranean eatery is definitely steep, but the food and festivities are as authentic as it gets (meaning delicious and chaotic). If you’re in the mood for large portions of perfectly seasoned moussaka, couscous, paella, salads, and skewers, served up with the occasional helping of strange men dancing on tabletops, this is the place for you.

2. Brazil Churrascaria

Vegetarians can take a pass on this carnivore’s paradise. Though some distance from the downtown core, the marinaded and barbecued hunks of beef, pork, and lamb are well worth the trip.

3. Brewerkz

If it’s a dose of Americana you’re after, this top notch (and very affordable) brew pub is located just across Clarke Quay. The selection of award-winning ales are the perfect counterpoint for the profusion of pizza, burgers, wings, and spicy sausage sandwiches on the menu.

4. Hawker centers

One of the best and cheapest ways to sample authentic regional cuisine enjoyed by everyday Singaporeans is by visiting one of its many legendary, bustling hawker centers. The extraordinary diversity on hand here is frankly astonishing (the stalls and carts offer much more than traditional Malaysian cuisine), but the mainstays are known for the heavy use of chili, fermented shrimp paste and other exotic condiments served up with lots and lots of noodles.

- John Reality

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